Mum and Son

The Children’s Furniture Blog

Parenting advice, tips and general rants from a working mum plus activities and recipes for the whole family.

Child covering her eyes with two eggs

Encouraging New Foods

Tips and advice on encouraging children to try new foods. How to encourage children to be healthy and adventurous eaters.

Chopping veg

Hiding Vegetables in Favourite Foods

A child who refuses to eat vegetables can become the bane of any parent’s existence. This article provides tips on disguising vegetables so that even the most picky eater will feast on a few.

Couple out walking with baby in a stroller

Stroller Choices

Tips for purchasing a baby stroller; includes descriptions of assorted styles as well as options for parents of multiples.

children's picnic

Packing Great Picnics

Everyone loves a good picnic! Discover some great ideas on how to pack a great picnic, from savoury delights to sweet nibbles.

Girl with arms stretched beside her bunkbed

Decorating a Child’s Bedroom

Decorating a child’s bedroom is a challenge that every parent has to take on at some point. This article gives tips and tricks on creating a functional, fun room that your child will love.

Child creating a mess whilst eating

Table Manners

Table manners are an extremely important part of dining, and children should come into contact with them from the time they are old enough to sit at the table. This article contains a basic description of table manners all children can be asked to observe.

Child having a quick snack

Healthy Food on The Run

Tips for eating healthy on the go, whether while running errands, on a road trip, at fast food establishments, or in restaurants.

Blue nursery scheme

Decorating a Nursery

Practical tips on decorating a nursery. Includes ideas on creating a welcoming room for baby while considering safety and budget concerns.

Kid's martial arts

Martial Arts and Kids

Martial arts are now common place in Western culture but many parents worry that they are too violent to be practiced by children. This article describes the most common forms of martial arts found in the UK – aikido, karate, kung fu, judo, jujitsu and tae kwon do – and offers advice on finding the right classes for your child.

Play room

Flooring a Children’s Playroom

Before you create a playroom give thoughtful consideration to how you might floor it – you need a room that is both practical to use and comfortable and safe for your children to play in.

Kids of bikes

Cycling to School

Bicycling to school is an easy, economical and enjoyable way for children aged ten and older to commute. A variety of tips and hints will help get you and your older child ready to cycle to school.

Boy kicking football

Team Games

Partaking in team games is a common childhood activity. This article explains the benefits for children of participating in team games, offers suggestions for finding a team game for your child, and provides information on making your child’s participation a success.

Child playing tennis

Getting Children Involved in Tennis

Over three million people play tennis in the UK. This article gives information on the game, as well as advice for getting children involved in this exciting, energetic sport.

Children playing football

Football for Kids

Information on the sport of football, and on getting your child involved in organised youth football leagues.

Kids running

Athletics for Kids

Children greatly benefit from an active lifestyle, and athletics is a wonderful activity for any child. This article discusses the benefits of athletics for children and their parents, and provides information on finding more information on athletics for your child.

Child playing golf

Golf For Kids

Golf is a great family game that has become popular with younger participants. This article provides a quick summary of the game of golf, and offers hints to parents hoping to get their children more involved with golf.

Mum sat on bench with 2 kids

The real job description of a mother

The job description of a mother sounds so simple, boring and unchallenging. However, mother’s know differently. Take a look at the real job description of a mother…

Mum and duaghter standing beside a stream

To My Daughter…

My daughter is not a little girl anymore. These are the ten things I’d say to her if I could jump ahead into the future…

Child dance practice

Dance for Kids

A variety of children’s dance classes exist today. This article describes the most popular types of dance classes for kids, and reminds parents of points to consider before committing to any particular dance style or dance studio.

Milk fruit jelly

Jelly with Milk and Fruit

This twist on traditional jelly is popular with children and can be easily adapted using different flavoured jellies or fruits

Healthy Lunch Box Idea

Cheap Lunchbox Ideas

Many parents are turning to packed lunches to help keep on top of their household budget. There is no doubt that making kids packed lunches is much cheaper than buying school dinners every day.

Child picking at her food

Why Is My Child A Fussy Eater?

As a parent of a very faddy child I know just how frustrating it can be and how unhelpful some of the fussy eating myths are…

Pinwheel sandwiches

Pinwheel Sandwiches

A pinwheel sandwich is a slice of bread that has been flattened with a rolling pin. The filling is added, the bread is rolled up and then sliced to make small wheel shapes.

Baked muffins

Autumn Feast Muffins

These muffins use oats, apples and carrots, which are harvested in the autumn. They are juicy, fresh and great for a treat!

What you need to make rainbow toast

How to make Rainbow Toast

My son is more into science than art, which is great too. But, when I suggested painting on bread, his eyes lit up…painting and food, what a great combination!

Kid's cooking class

Tips for Cooking with Children

Cooking with children is good for them, they can learn so much… food, motor skills, following instructions, listening skills and safety just to mention a few.

Gingerbread House

A Gingerbread House for Shelter

I was contacted by the charity Shelter and asked if I’d like to enter a competition they are running to raise awareness of the charity, by making a gingerbread house, I was very excited!

Brad and soup

Bread and soup making with kids

Now that autumn appears to have truly hit us I like to start making some cosy winter warming recipes. What better way to start, than with some carrot and ginger soup with homemade bread.

Making rock road crunch bars

Rocky Road Crunch Bars Fun

Last week, we decided to cook together. We chose to make these Rocky Road crunch bars from Nigella. They were definitely right up BB’s street!

Chocolate cake mixing

Chocolate Cake Creations

This week, I baked a chocolate cake with BB (aged 6) and it was so noticeably easier than I remember before. He wanted to bake a chocolate cake with marshmallows, sprinkles and a cherry, to be precise.

Ingredients needed to make the wands

Edible Fairy and Wizard Wands

For our fairy and wizard week, I wanted to do something with food for a change, so I decided we could make some edible fairy and wizard wands. Here’s how…